OCCT MT2021 Week 2 Updates

Next week, we have two exciting events lined up. First, on Monday 25 October, the third event of the APGRD Research Seminar 2021 will take place online on Zoom. Lucy Jackson (Durham) and Matthew Reynolds (Oxford) will be discussing the question ‘What is a Language?’ To register for this event, please email apgrd@classics.ox.ac.uk. On Wednesday 27 October, in a special session of our Discussion Group held at St Anne’s College, we will welcome Stefano Evangelista (Oxford), and a panel featuring Aoife Cantrill (Oxford), Galin Tihanov (QMUL), Patrick McGuinness (Oxford), and Matthew Reynolds (Oxford), to celebrate and discuss the launch of Evangelista’s new book Literary Cosmopolitanism in the English Fin de Siècle: Citizens of Nowhere (OUP, 2021). As always, all are welcome! Please see our events page for further details of all upcoming events.

This week, we held our first Discussion Group of the term. In a joint event with OCCT Review, we hosted one of the journal’s contributors, Denis Topalović, who discussed his review of Modernism in Trieste: The Habsburg Mediterranean and the Literary Invention of Europe by Salvatore Pappalardo. Our extremely productive and interesting discussion—helped along by biscuits, coffee, and tea—ranged from cosmopolitanism and nationalism, to regional histories, and the logic of filiation. It was a pleasure to be able to discuss these ideas in person, with representatives of so many different faculties and disciplines!




1. CfP: New Book Series: Crossovers: New Perspectives on CompLit

The European Society of Comparative Literature/Société Européenne de Littérature Comparée is calling for monograph proposals for its new peer-reviewed book series Crossovers: New Perspectives on CompLit, to be published by ibidem Press (Germany).


Aims and Scope

The series welcomes the submission of monograph manuscripts that fall within the broadly understood category of Comparative Literature, exploring the interdisciplinary and transnational relationships between literature, society, science, art ,and other media. Reflecting the mission of the society, the series treats Europe as its focal point, using its cultural archives, intellectual history, and the intersections of ideas and phenomena—naturally intertwined with non-European forms of artistic creation—as its field of exploration. We welcome new theoretical and methodological approaches to an open range of topics and diverse cultural dimensions, including the studies of under-examined literary representations, such as inter alia Eastern European cultures in their relation to the West. Both early-career and experienced scholars are invited to contribute to the series. The emphasis on European literature as the platform for finding a common rationale in various, differentiated areas of artistic creation showing the development of societal changes, makes the series both relevant and topical at a time of contemporary global crisis.


Who We Are

The European Society of Comparative Literature/Société Européenne de Littérature Comparée (ESCL/SELC) is an association that has actively promoted Comparative Literature since its early days, when it was founded as a network in 2001. Since 2017 it has been registered as a society in France, and represents comparatists in all of Europe and even beyond. In 2021, the society launched its peer-reviewed journal CompLit. Journal of European Literature, Arts and Society, which is published by Classiques Garnier (France). ESCL/SELC aims to provide a European space for interdisciplinary dialogues about culture, literature and literary studies, and to facilitate exchanges of ideas and information among scholars, promoting international collaborative research and teaching, generating relevant debates through publications and international conferences, enabling the circulation of students and staff, and generally supporting and internationalising the work of regional, national, cross-national associations of Comparative Literature. More detailed information about the activities of the Society can be found on their website.


What We Offer

The editorial team of this ESCL/SELC series and the experienced international publisher ibidem Press will guide you through the publication process of a high-quality peer-reviewed book (e-book and paperback print edition). ESCL/SELC and ibidem Press will promote your book in publishers’ catalogues, social media channels, and websites, among others. Ibidem Press offers its authors royalties and excellent distribution throughout the world. There are no fees involved in the publication of the book in our series, except for the publisher’s contractual obligation to buy a minimum number of author copies. ESCL and ibidem Press will support your work’s distribution and visibility as best possible, and advise you about potential licensing payments. Licensing payments in Germany are very generous and available to all authors, regardless of where they live, as long as their book has been acquired by German public libraries. You can learn more about the advantages of publishing with us in the “Information for authors” in the link below.


Languages and Length of Book Manuscripts

The series will publish monograph manuscripts in English or French. The books are expected to comprise between 80,000 and 100,000 words. Volumes will include a 1‒2-page summary in English or French (depending on the language of the book). Before sending a proposal, please find the “Information for authors” for our series on this website: https://escl-selc.eu/2021/09/10/book-series-crossovers-new-perspectives-on-complit/. Please submit your proposal according to the guidelines on the website, to all three series editors (below) by e-mail attachment (PDF):


Submission deadline: 2 January 2022


Professor Emilia Dirocco emilia.dirocco@uniroma1.it https://wwwuniroma1.academia.edu/Emiliadirocco/


Dr. Elisa Kriza elisa.kriza@uni-bamberg.de  https://mla.hcommons.org/members/elisakriza/


Professor Beata Waligórska-Olejniczak beata.waligorska@amu.edu.pl  https://amu.academia.edu/WaligorskaOlejniczak


More information about the series and ESCL can be found on the following website: https://escl-selc.eu/


2. Event: Pockets, Pouches & Secret Drawers



2 - 4 December 2021

Online Seminar

Begins at 1pm BST on 2 Dec


The title of this conference refers to enclosed places, deception, and privacy, focusing on three spatial areas—the body, clothing, and furniture. For Baudelaire, the weight of memories is like a desk full of hidden drawers; for Carroll the white rabbit’s pocket drives Alice down into Wonderland. Houses contain rooms, which contain furniture with secret contents; bodies enclose pouches, wombs, systems, membranes. All enclosures imply possible exposure but also protect themselves against revelation—why and how? Do boys’ pockets differ from girls’? Is a poacher’s coat, lined with hidden pockets, quite different from the mechanism by which drawers spring out of an eighteenth-century lady’s escritoire to carry when she travels? What is the ‘person’ that hides things about itself? This topic crosses many disciplinary boundaries, as well as languages, centuries, and media. The conference includes three keynote speakers, parallel sessions, and a magic performance.


Download the full 3 day programme


Keynote Speakers

Jack Ashby (Dept of Zoology, Cambridge): ‘Marvelling at Marsupials: Pouches in Nature’ 
Jenny Tiramani (The School of Historical Dress): ‘Gendered pockets: The Difference in Pockets Worn by Men and Women c.1500-1900'
Carolyn Sargentson (Independent scholar & consultant, formerly Head of Research, V&A): ‘Furniture as Theatre: Performing Secrecy, Surveillance and Subterfuge’ 


Magic performance: Ashton Carter

All are welcome to attend this 3 day online conference, starting on Thursday 2 December at 1pm BST. You will need to register and make payment in advance to receive the online event joining link. Registration Fees: Standard £30  |  Student/unwaged £15. Registration closes Friday 26 November—book your place now!


To register and make online payment go to: https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/22520


3. Event: Migrant Masculinities in Women’s Writing: (In)Hospitality, Community, Vulnerability


6 December 2021

10:00am - 11:30am BST





Ashwiny O. Kistnareddy (Cambridge) 
Lisa Downing (Birmingham) 
Natalie Edwards (Adelaide) 
Christopher Hogarth (South Australia) 

Chair: Amaleena Damlé (Durham)

Ashwiny O. Kistnareddy is joined by Lisa Downing, Natalie Edwards, Chris Hogarth and Amaleena Damlé (Chair), to talk about her new monograph, Migrant Masculinities in Women's Writing: (In)Hospitality, Community, Vulnerability. The book examines the representation of masculinities in contemporary texts, written by women who have immigrated to France or Canada from a range of geographical spaces. Exploring works by Léonora Miano (Cameroon), Fatou Diome (Senegal), Assia Djebar, Malika Mokeddem (Algeria), Ananda Devi (Mauritius), Ying Chen (China) and Kim Thúy (Vietnam), this study charts the extent to which migration generates new ways of understanding and writing masculinities. Kistnareddy draws on diverse theoretical perspectives, including postcolonial theory, affect theory, and critical race theory, while bringing visibility to the many women across various historical and geographical terrains, who write about (im)migration and the impact on men, even as these women also acquire a different position in the new society.


4. CfP: Sympathetic Vibrations: Sound, Communities, Environments

8th Biennial Yale Graduate Music Symposium

4 - 5 March, 2022

Yale University, New Haven, CT

Keynote Speaker: Jessica Bissett Perea (UC Davis)


How does music bring people together in community? How do the environments we live in shape our sonic practices? The organising committee of the 2022 Yale Graduate Music Symposium welcomes abstracts on the topic “Sympathetic Vibrations: Sound, Communities, Environments.” This symposium is built on three pillars: sound as a musical, material, and aural phenomenon; communities that are constructed around specific musical practices, identities, and histories; and environments, both physical and intangible. These three pillars are co-constitutive of one another, forming a relationship which we are calling “sympathetic vibrations.” We borrow this term from the field of acoustics to highlight the potential resonances between these three themes, and the ways in which they activate each other. This theme also emphasises the potential for this conference to activate “sympathetic vibrations,” across disciplinary and geographic boundaries, as we see this conference as a gathering for collaboration and exchange. We hope that this conference will foster a rich exchange of critical perspectives on the theme by bringing together graduate students representing a variety of intellectual disciplines and backgrounds.


We conceive of this theme quite broadly. Possible topics include, but are not limited to

  • Music in/of marginalised communities
  • Liveness, presence, and mediation
  • Music and Critical Race Theory 
  • Communities of teaching/learning music
  • ‘Vibing’ as embodied listening or musicking practice
  • Environmental/historical soundscapes
  • Digital environments 
  • Music and the Anthropocene 
  • Site-specific and virtual performance practices
  • Oral traditions and histories
  • Music as colonising force, music as protest 
  • Afrofuturisms 
  • Animal vocalisations 
  • Negotiating public and private sound spaces


All proposals must be submitted electronically by 1 December, 2021 at 11:59pm EST to ygms@yale.edu. For submission guidelines and more information, visit our website at https://campuspress.yale.edu/ygms.


5. CfP: Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships at Durham University (Modern Languages)

The School of Modern Languages & Cultures invites expressions of interest from outstanding candidates who wish to apply for a prestigious Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship through Durham University.


We welcome enquiries from eligible candidates, particularly those related to the research themes in the department https://www.durham.ac.uk/departments/academic/modern-languages-cultures/research/ or to relevant University Research Centres and Institutes https://www.dur.ac.uk/arts.humanities/research/research_centres// Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.


For expressions of interest, candidates are to have made contact with their prospective academic mentor in the Department/School to confirm their intension to apply to the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme by Friday 17 December, 2021, at 12 noon BST,.


Working in conjunction with their mentor, candidates should check their eligibility to apply. If the mentor agrees to support your application, candidates will be requested to complete and return Durham University’s internal application form, available via the Arts and Humanities Research Team artsandhumanities.researchteam@durham.ac.uk by Friday 7 January, 2022 at 12 noon.


Further information on the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, including details of eligibility criteria, can be found at: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/early-career-fellowships


Candidates are also strongly advised to review the Leverhulme Trust’s policy on grant making: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/our-approach-grant-making


For more information or informal enquiries, please contact Zoë Gardner at artsandhumanities.researchteam@durham.ac.uk

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